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6th February 2019

The Deal 2018: Bad news but with silver linings?

Beauhurst's latest edition of The Deal 2018 shows that deal numbers dropped from 1,744 in 2017 to 1,572 in 2018, and amount invested fell from £8.6b to £7b respectively. But this figure is still well up on previous years, and the decline could be interpreted as a "correction" from the unprecedented levels seen in 2017.

Despite the overall downturn, crowdfunding platforms continue to grow with a record year in terms of deal numbers. 

Download the report here 

22nd January 2019

Edison Investment Research outlook for 2019

Alastair George, Chief Investment Strategist at Edison Investment Research discusses his outlook for 2019 in the attached strategy note.

21st January 2019

PIMFA comment on Government’s heavy defeat on Brexit Withdrawal Motion

Following the heavy Government defeat on the Brexit withdrawal motion, PIMFA, the trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector, re-emphasises the requirement for legislators and Government executives to keep uppermost the interests of individuals and families as they develop alternative proposals for parliamentarians to consider in the days ahead.  The private clients of PIMFA member firms, who come from all parts of society and not just the wealthy sector, have around £1.5 trillion of personal investment and savings, including pensions, under advice or management by these firms and preservation of the value of their personal assets, so they benefit rather than suffer from decisions about the UK’s relationship with its EU partners, is a paramount concern.

18th January 2019

50% of PE firms say tech innovation offers biggest value in financial services

Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment, interviewed private equity professionals across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia to identify the value-add delivered by new technologies now and in the future.

  • Over half (53%) of respondents to the survey believe financial services creates the most potential for value creation through technological innovation, ahead of healthcare (18%), consumer (8%), energy (8%), industrials (8%) and TMT (5%).
  • More than half (51%) identified the biggest technology risk when assessing target companies as cybersecurity or data breaches

15th January 2019

Business formations recover to reach new high in 2018 says CFE research

he latest Companies House data, as analysed by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), shows that business formations recovered from a drop in 2017 to reach a record 663,272 in 2018.


“It is encouraging to see formation numbers recover and hit a new high,” says Matt Smith, director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs. “These figures demonstrate the resilience and confidence of entrepreneurs across the country, confirmed by a 5.7% increase of business registrations and the strengthening of London as Europe’s leading startup hub.”

15th January 2019

Heartwood launches new dynamic reporting solution

Heartwood Investment Management, the asset management arm of Handelsbanken in the UK, 

14th January 2019

Private clients increasingly interested in private capital exposure

By Robert Crowter-Jones, Head of Private Capital at Saranac Partners

Families now tend to allocate 10-30% of their total assets into private capital investments, with debt/equity exposure via funds and direct investments growing year-on-year

10th January 2019

TNS launches new P2P VPN Solution

Transaction Network Services (TNS) is increasing its financial services offerings to include a new Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution that provides low-cost, secure connectivity to the TNS Secure Trading Extranet.

This new P2P VPN is a simplified solution which can help organizations significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of their VPN estate and allow TNS customers to reach TNS’ extensive global financial community of interest.  

10th January 2019

Expect volatility but positive returns in 2019 says deVere

Tom Elliott, deVere Group’s International Investment Strategist, comments on what we can expect in 2019, after a turbulent start to the year on global financial markets.

9th January 2019

Five things to look out for in 2019

Graham Bishop, investment director at Heartwood Investment Management, gives his insight on what we can expect in 2019.

21st December 2018

Scottish Equity Partners invests in £29m funding in TotallyMoney

Credit Fintech provider TotallyMoney has agreed £29 million of funding from Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (Elliott) and existing investors Scottish Equity Partners (SEP). The investment, which is subject to FCA approval, will be used to accelerate customer acquisition, build out the market leading technology platform and, through continued innovation, provide better credit for UK consumers.

17th December 2018

Goldex raises over £1m to create marketplace that consolidates the best prices in  gold

Goldex, the first smart trading app that powers ethical pricing for retail gold investments today announced it has raised over £1 million in a pre- series A round led by a group of prominent angel and institutional investors in the financial, payment and technology sectors.

Amongst those participating in the round are Prepaid Financial Services, one of Europe’s largest payment card issuers; Gae?l de Boissard, former Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse; Richard Balarkas, former President and CEO of Instinet and current NED at CBOE Europe and Saxo Capital Markets; Craig James, founder and CEO of Neopay and Chairman of the Board of the Prepaid International Forum, the industry body representing e-money and payment service companies.

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